House sales have been brisk in west York over the last quarter. Sales have included:
- Two bedroomed semi in The Reeves for £105,000,
- 3 bedroomed detached in Alness Drive for £267,500
- Four bedroomed terraced house in St Stephens Road for £235,000 and
- Five bedroomed property again in Alness Drive for £275,000.
Properties currently available for purchase include
- Three bedroomed semis in Westfield Place (£170,000),
- Overdale Close (£219,950) and
- Acorn Way (£235,000).
- £120,000 buys a two bedroomed flat in Newbury Avenue
Chain free properties available for immediate occupation include:
- A three bedroomed semi in Westfield Place (£170,000)
- a three bed terraced in West Thorpe (£199,950)
- A 3 bed semi in Overdale Close (£219,950)
- A four bedroomed detached house in Alexa Court (£285,0000)
Properties recently discounted include
- A three bed terrace in Poppleton Road (180,0000)
- A two bedroomed terrace in Grosvenor Terrace (£265,0000)
- A four bedroomed detached in Wellesley Close (£300,000)
Properties for rent include
- One bed flat in Front Street for £625 pm
- Two bed terrace in Ruby Street for £650 pm
- 2 bed semi in Braeside Gardens for £790 pm
- Three bed semi in Ainsty Avenue for £1,100 pm
An application to re-designate a property in Wains Road as a ‘House in Multiple Occupation’ has been withdrawn.
The application made for 146 Wains Road, and a similar application made for 8 Leven Road, attracted a number of comments on the council’s online Planning portal. The application for Leven Road remains live.
The property at 146 Wains Road now has a ‘To Let’ sign in the front garden.
To help a mother and daughter move home for the first time in 40 years, City of York Council and SASH, a charity for homeless young people, will be decorating the pair’s new council flat.
City of York Council’s 60+ Housing Advice Service and SASH are delighted to announce their fifth Enable Project. Enable brings together young people who have experienced homelessness and are now part of the SASH supported lodgings scheme, and older people who are working with the 60+ housing service. The older people may be experiencing difficulties with decorating or gardening, and the young people may need to learn these skills for when they have their own home – as well as getting a taste of volunteering. The older people get to pass on their skills and knowledge while getting a much-needed job done, and both young and old enjoy gallons of tea and tonnes of biscuits!
The project is also supported by Homebase, with staff from the York store helping out on the makeover days and sharing their DIY expertise with the young people, along with donating much-appreciated decorating materials.
The council’s 60+ Housing Specialist has been working with Thelma Wright, aged 86, and her daughter Sally for over a year, as they made the difficult decision to move from the house where they have lived in for over 40 years, into a flat in council’s sheltered accommodation at Barstow House.
Thelma Wright said: “We’ve decided the flat will be much easier to manage and it is an exciting new start for us. The Enable team will be going to help with the decorating, giving the whole place a lick of paint ready for our move.”
We are pleased to report that we have secured action to tackle the vegetation that was growing on the roofs of some properties in Wains Road. If left to grow even bigger, these trees could have caused damage to the buildings which would have been costly to repair.
Cllr Stephen Fenton (Dringhouses & Woodthorpe) and Cllr Sheena Jackson (Westfield) met with a Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust officer last week for a walkabout on the Woodlands estate, which straddles the two wards.
Stephen and Sheena were keen to raise issues of concerns to residents, including:
• Broken salt bins
• Overgrown signs
• Areas in need of a deep sweep
“It was good to be able to spend some time with a JRHT officer to discuss issues of concern, and we were pleased to learn that monthly estate walkabouts are now planned.
As ward councillors, we want to work with JRHT to make the area a clean and safe place for people to live.”
Yorkshire Housing has appointed new contractors to complete homes at three developments which had been on hold due to contractor Southdale Homes going into administration.
Esh Construction will take over work at Hob Stone which is located off Windsor Garth in York.
Work on the site is expected to recommenced later in July. Some of the properties are expected to be occupied before the end of the year.
18 months ago, the development met a lot of opposition when it was revealed that the Labour Council would almost double the number of houses to be built on the former school site.
Since then, progress has been very slow with growing concerns about the development’s impact on the neighbouring Hob Moor nature area as well as pressures on local transport systems
Figures released by the Office of National Statistics today revealed that average house prices in York were £194,000 in 2014
This compares to £179,995 in 2008 and £182,050 in 2013. In the intervening period house prices had dropped significantly (because of the recession).
During 2014 the average prices, by type of property, were:
- Detached £277,000
- Semi £194,000
- Terraced £175,600
- Flats £145,000
A full list of comparable prices can be downloaded by clicking here
The new development at the former Our Lady’s school site has been hit by the failure of its building contractor.
All the “for sale” units have been reserved and work is well advanced.
The developers – Yorkshire Housing – have not issued a statement nor has the York Council which claimed to have facilitated the development
There is no information on the Hobstones web site
Last November Southdale described the development as;
“Fourteen of the 55 homes at Hobstone will be for sale and the rest of the homes will available to rent at below market rates to families on average or low incomes.
Located on the site of the former Our Lady’s Primary school the houses look out onto Hob Moor. Built by Southdale and designed by award-winning architects Brewster Bye, the homes offer high quality energy, efficient accommodation with decent sized rooms and tasteful fittings”.
The for sale units proved to be popular with prices around £170,,000.
The development became controversial when the Labour Council almost doubled the number of units to be built on the former school site with local residents voicing concerns about “over-development” and fearing an adverse impact on Hob Moor and local traffic volumes.
Not surprisingly many tenants are bemused as rents continue to rise while maintenance standards on estates fall.
Council tenants have faced a 28% increase in rent levels over the last 5 years.
The York Council is expected to have a £15 million surplus balance on its housing account at the end of this year.
Yet little has been invested in improvements and communal areas are too often targets for graffiti and dumping.
Weeks elapse before clean ups are arranged
Strangely the York Council housing department is the only part of the local authority which has seen no cuts at all in funding during the last 4 years yet service standards are declining.
There is little evidence that the Labour Councillors who are responsible for Council housing ever routinely visit estates to ensure that service standards are acceptable.